Back in the early 1960’s Bill Ford wanted to go racing at Le Mans to settle a score with Enzo Ferrari after the Italian racer suddenly backed out of a deal where the FoMoCo would absorb the Scuderia, and with it all of their competition cars. Thus is the story if the legendary Ford GT-40, which eventually won the historic race twice around the clock four times in a row from 1966 to 1969, dethroning the Italian stallion and making names for driving greats like Dan Gurney, A.J. Foyt, Pedro Rodríguez and Jacky Ickx.

A modern day interpretation of the iconic Ford GT will once again represent the Blue Oval at 2010 running of the 24 hours of Le Mans thanks to the Matech Competition team. "This is great recognition for the whole team who have worked very hard on this Ford GT1 project. That our car has been considered for this 78th edition exceeds our wildest dreams. The 24 Hours of Le Mans are as much a legend as Ford’s adventure at Le Mans. Now we need to prove that both the team and the car are ready for the unique challenge that is Le Mans. We are equally pleased that our customer team, MarcVDS Racing, has also received an invitation to the race, and we look forward to providing them with our support as we do in the GT1 World Championship." While a four-peat may be difficult to do in the 21st century, the Matech Ford GT will definitely have history on its side when the green flag drops at the Circuit de la Sarthe this June.

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  (25) posted on 04.18.2013

Ford Matech modification is good but i wish it could be in ford company why because there is no powerful in ford except that old 1995 ford gt90 with 720bhp ford gt if it has 1000bhp in ford company it is the powerful car

  (345) posted on 02.11.2010

GT may no longer be in production but its legacy will live on, at least in the fast-paced world of FIA GT1 competition, thanks to a number of teams that have picked the iconic super car out of a field that includes the Nissan GT-R, Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Murcielago.

  (780) posted on 02.8.2010

I don’t think that there has been any Le Mans race that a Ford GT has not made an appearance at. I wonder who would be feeding some smoke and dust to others this year. One part of the race that I like is when it gets dark. Another strategy, another tactic. Hopefully it would still be a safe race to all and that every car makes it till the end.

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